Embassy is a 3 star and the suites and perks are better but as such the price is usually more. They have 2 rooms suites with either 2 double beds or a King and a pull out sofa in the living area. Nice for a family or extended stay. They provide a cooked to order breakfast with buffet items and a Happy Hour each evening plus airport and pier van transportation. Amerisuites is a newer property right 2.5 stars, around the corner, but the rooms are much smaller and the hotel is a smaller facility with smaller pool. They provide a continental breakfast and van transportation from the airport and to the port. Van transfer to port can be frustrating as there are many ships, cruisers and people wanting transportation at the same time with only one van available for the port and airport. The driver may tell you when he is going to what port. Rack rates at Amerisuites start about $140 with a low bid on Priceline at about $45 depending on season. Embassy starts about $230 with present low priceline winning bids for April going at $75. If I won Embassy for $75 before April 19, I would be happy and go with that hotel.
Embassy Suites is my hotel of choice in Ft Lauderdale.
1) good pick up service at airport (they run multiple vans) free
2) HUGE 2 room suites facing into enclosed courtyard garden
3) evening cocktails -free
4) very extensive full breakfast served in the courtyard garden -free
5) Scheduled drop offs at the pier -free- make reservation when you check in.
6) walking distance to extensive precruise shopping . everything from grocery stores to discount pharmacy , to a dive shop within one block.
7) nice pool and restaurant on premises.
8) alternate dining in walking distance, several choices.
If you add up the included items; airport transfer(say a cab would be $12.00), two cocktails (you could have 10 if you can drink that much, but let's say $10); two breakfasts, lets say $20; and transfer to pier, lets ay $10) all but get the room for free.
Another vote for Embassy Suites. We stayed there pre-cruise last time and will be there again on March 28th. The fall is cheaper Nov. bid was $55.00 and March was $75.00. I still think it is a great deal.
I'd say go with the majority here. I stayed at AmeriSuites and it was o.k.. In November, I stayed at the Marriott and will try the Embassy or Renaissance next time.
AmeriSuites FL isn't on par with other locations. The breakfast area was crowded and messy! Once people started to wait for the shuttle, it became a nightmare because they crowded the little eat-in area.
When I tried to use their shuttle, there was no list, it was a free-for-all, literally. To make matters worse, it was pouring! There was an elderly couple getting jostled, pushed around so I approached them and asked if they'd like to share a cab!
In my opinion, the pier is so close to the hotels, cab is the only way to go!
OK folks, all this advice is great, but how do you get a room at the Embassy Suites for $75? I've tried several different sites such as hotels.com, expedia, etc.......cheapest I can get for Sept. is $130. Is there something going on here that I don't know about? Would welcome any advice!
Log onto biddingfortravel.com or betterbidding.com for help with the two price bidding sites, Priceline and Hotwire. You can even check out what hotels have been bought for what price and when. This is very important so you know what hotel you may bid for the winning price.
I don't want to sound stupid here, but I was at both sites, entered my info and stopped after I read they automatically book a hotel for you once a price is accepted and they don't tell which hotel until after the price is accepted and booked. My question is, what if you want to stay at a specific hotel?
Embassy Suites is in the "Downtown" zone at hotwire.com.
It is, as far as most people can ascertain, the only 3.5star property with a red "S" as an amenity (i.e. it is a "suite" hotel). Obviously, you are taking a risk that there may be a new 3.5star suite hotel opened up in that area, but you should be okay. Read the "Better Bidding" website - that is a complete MINE of information :-)
I booked the Enbassy Suites through Hotwire (by selecting the 3.5star property with the red "S" as an amenity...), for my July cruise, for $48 a night + fees and taxes ($114.95 total for the two nights). This is a bargain, I believe. Have only ever heard good things about the Embassy Suites.
You got a bargain and will find it to be a great hotel and the immediate area is terrific
for a precruise stay as there is good shopping and such right next door and accross the street. Be sure to take advantage of their free airport shuttle and free shuttle to the pier. By the time you add in the free shuttles, free cocktails and free breakfast , compared to another hotel you are just about getting the room for free.
My travel agent booked me for one night pre-cruise (Oct. 17) at AmeriSuites for $79.00. I will be driving down from Atlanta and AmeriSuites said I could leave my car there during the cruise -- no charge! I calculated the $10-12$/day port parking and went with AmeriSuites. Has anyone on the Boards ever left a car at AmeriSuites? How can I find out what the port charges are? Thanks.